HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

March 5, 2007
Harvard Square Observer

It’s Your Turn!

Ernest Cassara


The HSC having received some kind remarks concerning my talk on Carl Schurz at the Ethical Society of Boston, which folks read by a link to its website, it occurred to me the other day that unless you are a blogger, or write letters to the editors of the newspapers, you are unlikely to be heard by the public at large.  Of course, given the amount of mail newspapers receive, to be practical about it, you are, also, unlikely to be heard via that medium.

So, Ye Olde Observer is going to open this column to its readers from time to time.  It probably makes sense to set a theme each time, so we do not end up with a mélange.

I have been thinking of late of the amount of carnage in the world.  Each national group believes it must be armed to the teeth to protect itself.  Our own U.S. government spends humongous amounts each year on instruments of slaughter.  Imagine had our country from its beginning taken to heart the words of Thomas Paine that we had the opportunity to begin the world over again; of George Washington that we should not get involved in other nations affairs;  and, also, took John Quincy Adams’s advice not to go seeking dragons to slay.  Imagine, if, instead, the U.S. devoted itself to good works in the world how different our world would be today.

Am I addled to think that, maybe!, it is not too late for a new beginning?

Share your thoughts.  I’ll include in this space all relevant communications on this theme next week, and, perhaps, the week following, depending on the amount of mail I receive.

To lesson the load of work on our devoted HSC Webmaster, ’twould be best to send your message directly to me at this e-mail address: ecassara@aol.com

Please, in the subject line, type “HSC letter,” so I can distinguish your contribution from the many SPAM messages I receive!

I look forward to hearing from you!


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